Live Music: 2012 in Review

By Michael Katz Los Angeles, CA.  Looking back over the year’s worth of live performances I covered, mostly in jazz, is a bittersweet experience. There are surely enough terrific moments to fill a column, but in a city with L.A.’s diversity of talent, you can’t help wishing for more. Our club scene is struggling, with… Read More Live Music: 2012 in Review

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On Second Thought: The Beach Boys – “Carl & The Passions…So Tough”

By Dave Gebroe There is this strange phenomenon that occurs, wherein bands who’ve fallen out of touch with current trends, whose salad days are now naught but a series of scrapbook clippings, attempt to get with the times and take up a more commercial direction…and wind up unintentionally creating the least commercial music of their… Read More On Second Thought: The Beach Boys – “Carl & The Passions…So Tough”

On Second Thought: Pink Floyd “Animals”

By Dave Gebroe Animals is an ugly record. The music is cold, coked-out aggro-prog, possessing none of the light, playful touches that made much of the Floyd’s previous work so alluring and transportative. The lyrics are depressingly downbeat and glum, and its grotesquely off-putting misanthropy remains almost unparalleled in the history of popular music. This… Read More On Second Thought: Pink Floyd “Animals”

On Second Thought: The Kinks — “Lola vs. Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One” (1970)

by Dave Gebroe “Lola Vs. Powerman And The Money-Go-Round, Part One“ was the Kinks‘ most successful record on both sides of the Atlantic since the mid-60s. It single-handedly elevated them to arena band status in the U.S. Its title track became their legacy, an FM standard that refuses to die. Ask any classic rock fan… Read More On Second Thought: The Kinks — “Lola vs. Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One” (1970)

On Second Thought: Bob Dylan’s “Self-Portrait” (1970)

by Dave Gebroe I can remember very clearly the experience of discovering Bob Dylan’s mistakenly lambasted double-LP, “Self-Portrait.”  I was but a mere babe in the rock ‘n’ roll woods at the time – no more than thirteen – and while I’d heard of the record, what I mainly knew was that it was not “Blonde on… Read More On Second Thought: Bob Dylan’s “Self-Portrait” (1970)